BNS: Kip Stockwell Vermont charity ride

Kip Stockwell prepares for Annual Vermont Border to Border Snowmobile Ride for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series driver Kip Stockwell is putting the finishing touches on his preparations for his ...

Kip Stockwell prepares for Annual Vermont Border to Border Snowmobile Ride for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series driver Kip Stockwell is putting the finishing touches on his preparations for his annual participation in the Vermont Border To Border In 24 Hours (VTB2BN24) snowmobile ride, which is slated for Saturday, February 7th. The ride is a charity event, and will raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The ride was started by Marion Gray, who is a friend of Stockwell's grandfather. Stockwell, a Randolph, Vermont native, was invited to participate six years ago, and he, along with fellow Vermont Busch North driver Brian Hoar, have helped the ride increase in scope and fund-raising ability.

"Brian Hoar and I join it to get it some publicity, some involvement with the racing community," Stockwell said. "I really got involved last year a lot mor than I ever had to try and raise more money, and we raised $84,000 last year. This year we're hoping to raise over $100,000."

The ride starts at Peter's General Store in Heath, Massachusetts, and ends at the Canadian border.

"We leave at 3:00 Saturday morning," he said. "We have to do it within 24 hours, but last year it took us 12 hours and 32 minutes to make the ride. Then we had the banquet that evening to give out awards and prizes and to calculate how much money we made. The banquet takes place at the Chez Pidgeon restaurant in Norton, Vermont that'll house 100, 150 of us for dinner."

While the main ride is roughly four hundred miles, Stockwell said that riders can join the ride at any point in its trip and ride only as far as they want. "They can join in their own hometown, there are certain checkpoints all along the route and all that information is listed in the pledge envelope. They can ride 20 miles or 150 miles however far they want."

The route map and other information can be obtained by calling either Marion Gray at 802-456-8862, or Tom Potanovic at 518-864-9582. Riders can get pledge envelopes and identification armbands from either person.

"They can join in their own hometown, there are certain checkpoints all along the route and all that information is listed in the pledge envelope. They can ride 20 miles or 150 miles however far they want," Stockwell said.

Cystic Fibrosis is a disease that affects over 30,000 young children and adults in the US today. There are over 10 million symptomless carriers in the US and the research goes on to give those patients with Cystic Fibrosis a brighter tomorrow. Over 92 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to research, one of the charity community's highest levels. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is recognized by the Wall Street Journal's Smart Money Magazine, as one of the ten "safest charities" to donate money to.

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